All In: Taking Primal to the Next Level
About this time last year, I was beginning to accept that grains and legumes should not be counted among healthful foods. I’d added fish to my flegan diet in order to support an intense workout schedule. And I read a lot.
By August, I understood. Primal/paleo made sense, I’d applied it, and it was working. I’d long since nixed alcohol except for the occasional social event, I hadn’t consumed an appreciable quantity of processed food for years, and refined sugars rarely passed my lips. To those auspicious beginnings, I added grain- and legume-free eating, shifted up to 70% of my daily caloric intake to healthful fats, and increased my focus on getting adequate sunlight and sleep.
I’ve since added in some judiciously researched supplements (magnesium, CoQ10, alpha-lipoic acid, Vitamins E and C, and fish oil). I’ve become more strategic in balancing my formal workouts with the rigors of summertime on the farm, and 14-16 hour intermittent fasts are a near-daily habit.
So, I’m ten months in and pretty well on track. Right? Well, that depends who you ask. Sure, I eat and exercise more effectively than the vast majority of westerners (and I have the lipid profile to prove it), but there’s no denying that more that can be done.
So, for at least a month, here’s what I’m going to try:
1. Going Grassfed. The only excuse not to is money. Maybe it’s a good excuse, and maybe not. I’m determined to find out.
2. Going Organic. See above. Hopefully, I can apply sufficient savvy to make this affordable.
3. Going with Better Fish Oil. Enough with the Costco capsules. My bottles of lemon-flavored Carlson’s just arrived from the Vitamin Shoppe, and they aren’t half bad. Four teaspoons a day surely beats 20 gelcaps. (Yes, 20. See Robb Wolf’s fish oil calculator for details.)
4. Going Pooless. This is a scary one. I have both a professional job and long, somewhat fine hair that’s subjected to plenty of sweat and dirt — facts that seem incompatible with shampoo-free living. But, I hear it can be done, and my early experiments have been (mostly) positive. Stay tuned.
5. Going Shoeless. Well, sort of. The much-lauded Vibram Five Fingers aren’t an option for me, thanks to my severe bunions. So, I’m in the market for a pair or two of soft-soled moccasins. I doubt I’ll be wearing them with business suits or among the horses, but for indoor wear and dog walking, they’ll be a big step closer to barefoot.
So. Some little things, some big things. Some things that will certainly be sustainable, some that might not. All I can do is try it and find out.
Anyone care to join me?